Local

Governor Patrick Won’t Sign Compromise Transportation Bill

Photo: clipart.com

Governor Patrick Won’t Sign Compromise Transportation Bill

Restoring tolls on the western leg of the Mass Pike may not be popular, but it’s the best option the region has for financing road and bridge repairs.  That’s the feeling of Second Hampshire State Rep John Scibak of South Hadley, who says it’s pay now, or pay later.  But Governor Patrick says he won’t sign a compromise transportation bill sent his way by House and Senate leaders.  Patrick says he’s not convinced it will provide $800 million in transportation funding by 2018.  The plan would raise revenues by increasing gas and cigarette taxes and restoring tolls along the turnpike in Western Mass.

Recent Headlines

17 hours ago in Local

Three Men Arrested for Attempted UMass Break-Ins

UMass Amherst

They were caught early Sunday morning after police received a report of masked men trying to break into multiple rooms.

17 hours ago in Local

Record Crowd at Northampton Pro-Pot Festival

northampton three county fairgrounds extravaganja 2016

Organizers say it was the largest crowd in the pro-marijuana festival’s history, which was held in Northampton for the first time this year.

17 hours ago in Local

Deerfield Officer Stops Overdose with Narcan

police lights

The victim had overdosed and was revived and taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for further treatment.

17 hours ago in Local

New Opioid Task Force Director Named

opioid task force

34-year-old Paul McNeil most recently served as director of the Northampton Prevention Coalition.

18 hours ago in Local

Amtrak’s Vermonter Now Allows Bicycles Aboard

train tracks

The service will be offered for the next two years at least, and may continue indefinitely if successful